What to do in Bluestone State Park

**Information provivded by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources**

Encompassing over 2,100 acres of rugged, heavily forested, mountainous terrain, Bluestone State Park provides a wide variety of water-oriented activities for guests and residents of southern West Virginia. In the midst of this wilderness park, just five miles south of Hinton, are nestled modern cabins, a campground and fine recreational facilites. The extra plus is that Bluestone is adjacent to Bluestone Lake, the state's third largest body of water.

Several points of historical and recreational interest are located in the Bluestone area. For instance, famous outdoor musical dramas such as "Hatfields and McCoys," are performed at Grandview Park, near Beckley. Pipestem Resort State Park with its myriad of recreational facilities is only 10 miles to the south. Just north of the park is Bluestone Dam, Historic Hinton, and the New River Gorge National River, the center of some of the state's best whitewater rafting and canoeing. Of special note is Sandstone Falls, just north of Hinton. Bluestone National Wild and Scenic River flows into Bluestone Lake within the Park boundaries. Hunting and fishing opportunites abound at 17,632 acre Bluestone Wildlife Mangement Area adjacent to the park and nearby Camp Creek State Forest.

Overnight guests may choose from among 26 modern cabins in a variety of sizes suitable for two to eight persons. Of modern design and frame construction, the cabins feature beautiful, wood-paneled walls, stone fireplaces and forced air furnaces. Each cabin comes equipped with: televisions with satellite programming service dishes,cooking utensils,tableware,bed linens, blankets,towels,modern appliances,hot showers

Cots and cribs are available at an additional charge andmay be reserved in advance to avoid a handling fee.

Cabins are open year-round.

Camping

A variety of camping opportunites are available for the avid outdoorsman visiting Bluestone, from a 32 unit tent and trailer campground featuring 22 sites with electric hookups, central bathhouse, hot showers, and dumping station; to a rustic camping area with 45 sites for either tents or trailers and a central bathhouse with cold showers.

Also, located on the eastern shore of Bluestone Lake is a primitive, 47 site campground that is accessible by boat only. The campgrounds are located in the flood storage basin of Bluestone Lake and are open from early May to late October, depending upon the water level.

Rates:

Sites w/electric hookups-$19

Sites w/o electric-$15

Bluestone East shore campground-$7 or-$42 weekly

Rustic sites-$11

Recreation
Being located adjacent to the 2,000-acre Bluestone Lake, water-related activities are accented at the park. The lake provides excellent fishing for bluegill, large and smallmouth bass, hybrid bass, striped bass, crappie and catfish. Boating and water-skiing round out the lake activities. Boats and canoes may be rented at the marina.

Throughout the summer season, a wide variety of sports and special events are featured. At the park's main office, equipment for croquet, shuffleboard, softball and horseshoes may be rented. In addition, special weekly programs are provided by the park naturalist for your entertainment. Included in such events are nature hikes, movies, slide shows, volleyball and softball games, weiner roasts, and numerous other activities.

A swimming pool and a children wading area are open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. The pool is open on weekends only after mid august. Cabin guests may enjoy year round swimming privileges at Pipestem Resorts' indoor pool.

The park is laced with a number of intriguing hiking trails. Some of these afford panoramic views of Bluestone's picturesque lake and mountainous terrain.

Location
Located in the southeastern section of the state, Bluestone State Park is accessible by several major highways.

Take exit 139 (Sandstone/Hinton) off Interstate 64 to WV 20 South, and drive 15 miles to the park.

From the south on Interstate 77, take the Athens Road Exit (exit 14) to WV 20 North, and travel 22 miles to the park.

Climate
West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.

Address
HC 78 Box 3
Hinton, WV 25951

Phone: 304-466-2805

Email: bluestonesp@earthlink.net
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